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Drogba hits out at new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly amid Abramovic claim

Didier Drogba has accused his former team Chelsea of ‘lacking class’ under the new club owner Todd Boehly.

A consortium led by American investor Boehly and private equity firm Clearlake Capital bought the London club from Roman Abramovich this year.

Boehly is a part-owner of seven-time baseball champions LA Dodgers and NBA franchise Los Angeles Lakers, but was taking the first step into elite football by purchasing Chelsea.

The 48-year-old has had a busy start to his tenure at the club, spending more than £250m on new signings over the summer and then sacking Thomas Tuchel after just seven games of this season.

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Boehly has come under fire after suggesting they should launch a North versus South All-Star game and also for sacking several members of Chelsea’s backroom team, including their head of medical and chief physio.

Drogba is one of a number of Chelsea legends who had a good relationship with Roman Abramovich and the legendary striker believes the club are ‘lacking class’ under the Russian’s replacement.

‘I knew this club with a certain class during the Roman Abramovich era, but today I find it lacking,’ Drogba told Canal+.

‘It’s very hard for me to see how they got rid of certain people, for example the physiotherapists, who were there for a very long time. They should go back to the principles and values they had.’

Earlier this week, Drogba’s former Chelsea team-mate Michael Ballack blasted Boehly for sacking Tuchel, calling it a ‘incomprehensible’ decision.

‘I was surprised by the sacking,’ Ballack told SportBILD. ‘For me it was incomprehensible when a coach is dismissed so quickly.

‘Especially because Thomas Tuchel had such a great success like winning the Champions League.

‘You can see that a new owner brings a new philosophy with a new understanding of ideas. Everyone has their own people they want to rely on, so they made the hard cut with the trainer.

‘We have to see if it works in the long term. I believe that you have to approach such a successful and big club carefully. Chelsea doesn’t need any upheaval! Todd Boehly is doing it differently now with his elbow mentality.’

Chelsea have now won four games in a row under Potter and will look to continue their winning run on Sunday when they face Aston Villa.

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